Norman Springford has a diverse range of interests, and has had an interesting and varied career across a number of sectors. He began working in finance, originally with the Inland Revenue, and latterly as a self-employed accountant until 1991.
With the expansion of his business activities, primarily in the hospitality and catering industry, he came to own a small group of 25 public houses in the Edinburgh and surrounding area, which he eventually sold in 1997.
In the mid-1980s, Norman acquired and operated Britain’s largest theatre, the 3124-seat Edinburgh Playhouse, which provided a rich vein of memorable stories.
Norman is most well-known for his work with the Apex Hotels Group, which has expanded to encompass 1500 rooms in 10 hotels across the UK. This process began 20 years ago, when he purchased a derelict university building in the Grassmarket area of Edinburgh and developed it into a hotel.
Throughout the years, Norman has maintained a keen interest in sport, with a continuing passion for hockey. He currently has playing, umpiring and coaching roles at CALA Edinburgh Hockey Club and the Scottish Veterans Hockey Club.